Leo Theatre

217 Pine Street,
Texarkana, AR 71854

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Previously operated by: Joy's Theaters Inc., Leo Theatres

Functions: Educational

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The town of Texarkana was proud of the Leo Theatre. It was a Joy’s Theatres, Inc theatre and seemed to get all the A- product. The Leo Theatre was opened in 1948 and was built on the site of the Princess Theatre which had been destroyed by fire in early-1947 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Leo Theatre had two other downtown screens to share product. Joy’s Theatres, Inc. Joy N.Houck, president.

The Leo Theatre was converted into a bank. By 2020 it had been incorporated in with two others to create the Discovery Place.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 4, 2021 at 10:26 pm

A brief article about the opening of the Leo Theatre appeared in the February 21, 1948 issue of Boxoffice it said that the new, 540-seat house was a replacement for a theater that had burned a year previously. The Leo was a partnership of Joy Houck and local exhibitors C. C. and Leo Bounds, L. O. Powers, and Frank G. Mullin. The Leo Theatre was dismantled around 1961 and the building converted for use as part of an adjacent bank.

Incidentally, the Texas-Arkansas state line runs right through the middle of downtown Texarkana, at an angle that doesn’t align with the street grid, so some buildings are partly in both states. However, the Google map shows that 217 Pine Street is entirely in the state of Texas, not Arkansas, which may be why Apple is not fetching a map for this page.

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